Police officers in states with high gun ownership are more likely to be shot and killed by a gun. That may not come as a surprise to statisticians, but it goes against the narrative promoted by gun rights activists that citizen gun ownership contributes to law and order.
Research that appears in the American Journal of Public Health shows that between 1996 and 2010, FBI and CDC data say that Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey had the lowest officer homicide rates. They also had the lowest percentage of citizen gun ownership. The study concludes that “law enforcement officer homicide rates were 3 times higher in states with high firearm ownership compared with states with low firearm ownership.”